The Voice of Saturn (VOS) VC Filter is now available in Euro-Rack format exclusively from a n a l o g u e h a v e n. The VoS Voltage Controlled Filter is based around a CEM3372 filter IC (4-pole resonant low-pass filter)–the same chips found in the filters of such analog classics as the Sequential Circuits Prophet 600, Prophet T8 and Oberheim Xpander. One very cool feature of the CEM series filter chips is that as the resonance is turned up, the volume level does not drop as dramatically (as it does in other analaogs, including the famous Moog Ladder Filter).
A Frac Rack version of our Filter kit is now available: Voice of Saturn Voltage Controlled Filter The VoS Voltage Controlled Filter is based around a CEM3372 filter IC (4-pole resonant low-pass filter)–the same chips found in the filters of such analog classics as the Sequential Circuits Prophet 600, Prophet T8 and Oberheim Xpander. It features two inputs that are summed and then fed into the low-pass filter. The input and output volumes, cutoff frequency and resonance can all be controlled by VC (voltage control) or knobs.
On Saturday April 24th Travis Thatcher will be conducting a workshop on simple DIY electronics for music and the construction of a Voice of Saturn Synth. See more info after the jump. The workshop entry fee is $50 and includes a barebones Voice of Saturn synth kit, as well as some materials to test out a few of the basic circuits and principles that will be demonstrated. Get your tickets here. Later that evening, at 8:30PM Travis will be performing utilizing lots of Voice of Saturn modules and other circuit bent devices. The 2010 Bent Festival will take place at 81 Front Street in Dumbo, April 22-24. See the Bent Fest website for more information. The lineup is awesome this year. Be sure not to miss our friends from Austin, Bodytronix who put on one of the craziest live acid house sets all with home-made gear!
In order to get more out of your CV1 input on your VoS synth, we have come up with a simple mod that will help you do more with your synth. The mod should take only about 15 minutes and requires adding a new wire and moving an old one.
The new mod changes CV1 so that it controls the 555 that is in charge of the LFO. The control voltage adjusts the duty cycle and the frequency of the LFO, which will give you some interesting sounds. Also, if you turn up the LFO rate all the way up, the LFO will oscillate at the dominant frequency. What does this mean? Check out the video.
To do the mod. Follow the wiring guide in the picture. Remove the wires that were attached to the CV1 jack and solder them together. Then solder a wire between the CV1 jack and JP15 on the PCB. Your Voice of Saturn is then ready to go crazy with new sounds. Give it a try with the Voice of Saturn Sequencer, or even two of them!
In the next few weeks we’ll be releasing the Frac-rack (blacet) format VoS Voltage Controlled Filter model. It is the same as our current filter module, but without the joystick section. Should be available by late November.